Nothing really interesting to write about today, sorry. But it will get better! And interesting! So we dropped off the cookies today to a neighbor across the street. We've seen him a lot of times, he's usually outside on his porch. He referred us to some people that live next to him, so we'll see who we go to tomorrow, we haven't decided yet.
For today I made chocolate dipped shortbread cookies from joyofbaking. Most of these recipes of course I haven't made before. I only have 2 cookie cutters and they're small hearts from our wedding favors. You roll the dough out like sugar cookies and cut them out. I made 1/2 batch and the dough looked tiny so I used our heart cookie cutters instead of a cup. Matt came in when I was almost done and saw the hearts and didn't really like the idea of taking heart shaped cookies to another man. So i rerolled it and used a cup to cut them out and it was perfect. Here's the recipe:
Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies (not my photo, i did circles)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter until smooth and creamy (about 1 minute). Add the sugar and beat until smooth (about 2 minutes). Beat in the vanilla extract. Gently stir in the flour and salt just until incorporated. Flatten the dough into a disk shape, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill the dough for at least an hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough into a 1/4 inch thick circle. Cut into rounds or other shapes using a lightly floured cookie cutter. Place on the prepared baking sheets and place in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. (This will firm up the dough so the cookies will maintain their shape when baked.) Bake for 8 - 10 minutes, or until cookies are very lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack
Melt 6 oz. chocolate and dip 1 side of cookie. Place on parchment paper and put in freezer for a few minutes.